From the American College of Sports Medicine by Sara Lynn Terrell, Ph.D. and James Lynch, M.D. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® January/February 2019
FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT BACKGROUND
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is characterized by pathologic contact during hip range of motion (1). The idea of hip impingement, although noted in the 1930s, is becoming an increasingly prevalent concern with today’s athletes and the general population (2,3). The purpose of this review is to describe FAI pathology, explore current treatment approaches, and outline example exercise interventions that may improve quality of life for individuals diagnosed with FAI.
Exploration of nonoperative exercise interventions is warranted. This article offers some examples of how to safely improve postural alignment, core stabilization, gluteal activation, and range of motion in individuals with FAI.
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